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April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have been volunteering for CCFI for 25 years and have always found the staff supportive of my work and of the children and families that come through their doors. My wife and I are extended families, meaning we do short-term child care and respite care mostly for single mothers or grandmothers (these days). We think there is nothing quite like this program in central Oklahoma, and it serves a great purpose in reducing tensions in single-parent households. CCFI is in its other programs too a beacon of information and hope to families who are struggling with economic and other issues.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Some kids contact us years later, and we are still in almost weekly contact with a 31 year old who has become part of our family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them lots more money!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

CCFI changes lives. Not only the ones of those who need services, but of those you can help with the giving and providing of services. It is an honor to live in a community with an agency that cares so much, does so much, and is making so much of a differance.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing all the good accomplished!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...give them a money tree.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

Volunteering with CCFI was a significant and meaningful experience for me. CCFI’s staff and volunteers are some of the world’s most compassionate people, and they genuinely try their best to improve the lives of every client. Each client is treated with respect and support. I felt very honored to have had the opportunity to witness positive changes in the lives of children and families involved in CCFI’s programs.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a part of an organization that made such a positive difference in children’s lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure that it received the funding necessary to expand its programs.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

It is my first year working with CCFI and it has really opened my eye up to the needs of our fellow neighbors in the Norman community that need our assistance. This organization tires their best to help every family that comes to them. They know their names and backgrounds right off the top of their heads, which really impresses me. It shows that this organization really cares and when we discuss the variety of situations going on in each family I'm always impressed that they care so much about help these families in need. It's a challenging environment for them as well and I congratulate this organization for doing its best to help as many families as possible and with great pride.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally I see that the kids that I have worked with may not show the out most respect towards the volunteers and CCFI staff member, but that doesn't mean we're not making a difference. As situations arise these kids always want to come back to the program, which goes to show that we are doing something positive in these kids' lives. The results can be hidden and hard to see, but seeing the kids show up everynight at the NC program and the bonds we have developed with them show that change is occuring.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Unfortunately due to funding gaps the needs of the families will still be lacked. It would be great to expand some of their existing programs to work with some of these kids one-on-one. Many of these kids have anger management/self expression issues or have gone through extraordinary situations that they need help talking their problems out on a one-on-one basis.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely! Having been with this organization now I have made new friends and am gradually learning how to work with underprivileged kids. It's been a great experience and I'm learning something all the time.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel great about myself. It makes me want to do more to help these kids out.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

This is the greatest organization for children & families! Working with the staff and other volunteers is a delight. My life has been changed by working with the kiddos I have mentored and kept in my home.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by getting love and friendship from the families that have touched my life

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money!

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

I volunteer for CCFI because I have seen what can happen when a family is broken and lost and then restored by this agency in less than six months. I know that families that need a fresh start can get the encouragement they need to succeed from CCFI. Families are able to learn in a safe and caring environment. These parents are very brave to admit they need help and to seek this help. CCFI gives them the confidence and knowledge needed to improve. One of the smallest things this agency does is provide diapers to new families in need in our community. This is such a small way of showing they care, but to the family that is hurting emotionally, it is an extreme gift.

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First, I was a client as a teenage parent. I know first hand how CCFI taught me to become a great parent and an active community member. Second, I worked there as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. I now volunteer to pay it forward. I personally witnessed numerous families that have emotionally recovered from domestic violence. The violence was so bad, the children were acting like their abusive parent. I was cursed out by a five year old. CCFI was able to restore this child and family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it GLOBAL. It is sad that they only have the resources for the Norman, Oklahoma community.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

For the last 4 years, I have spent my Monday nights with the Center for Children & Families, Inc. at the Neighborhood Centers program. To say that it has positively impacted my life is an understatement. The people I've met, the kids I've spent countless hours with, and the programs CCFI has each year have all shaped me into the person I am today. My favorite aspect of volunteering is the mentoring relationships with the kids that we have built together over the last 4 years. I've been able to have meaningful conversations with kids and provide words of encouragement and affirmation on a weekly basis. I have to believe on some sort of level that this has helped each child move toward a greater grasp of their self-worth and self-efficacy. From playing on the playground to arts & crafts, Neighborhood Centers provides a consistent environment for children to play in the evening. The staff and volunteers year after year continue to blow me away with their positivity, work ethic, and compassionate hearts. There's a reason I've stayed with CCFI for 4 years and the only reason I will stop is when I move out of Norman. Even after I leave, I will continue to find ways to give back to this great organization. I've made it my mission to share my story with others and encourage them to volunteer with CCFI as well. My hope is that CCFI continues to see success as they strive to provide safe and caring environments for children and families.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching students develop and grow up whether it's a shift in attitude or interests. It's inspiring!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to evaluate and assess best practices for the NC program. Also, remind volunteers that every student is at a different level or stage in their developmental process... so meet them "there" and then continue to push them to their greatest potential.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

The Center for Children & Families, Inc. is a phenomenal organization. Throughout the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve as an intern, volunteer, and now a Board Member. With a staff whose advanced training is matched only by their passion for what they do, CCFI has helped improve the quality of life for many children and families in the region. As if being one of the oldest nonprofits in the area did not already speak for their success, CCFI is an organization that always stays true to their mission, constantly working to ensure that every boy and girl grows up safe, nurtured and loved.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None at all!

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

The Center for Children and Families, Inc. is an amazing organization. I was very priviliged to be a volunteer for four years. I was allowed to be a part of the many dynamics of this organization and gained much insight and experience. Not only did I receive professional experience, but being allowed to work with the wonderful people who serve through this organization changed my life.

I began as a work study student and soon understood why this organization is necessary and so successful. At CCFI every client was treated as an individual and their needs were what was important. Each person that passed through those doors for whatever reason entered a place of compassion, honesty, and love. I was able to see the differences client services made in the lives of children who had been abused and/or neglected.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal and professional life. This organization paved the way for my career path. I changed my major in college and sought to work more closely with children to enable them to reach their full potential.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to offer more programs that were cut due to funding.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Help with other volunteer opportunities in other locations.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I changed my college major and made life-long friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

AMAZING! I really felt like I was making a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Create diaper packs for families that utilize our free, public diaper closet, giggle with adorable babies and toddlers, pack lunches and dinners for 50 parents, mentor youth after school, answer phones and assist in the front office, scrapbook the years events, bake and/or deliver cookies to supporters, paint faces at a community event we host, create a PSA...The opportunities are endless, and the life you change might just be your own. Volunteer